It is located in the large square called Ba Dinh Square where you must wait in line to enter the mausoleum. Inside, you'll find the mummified remains of Ho Chi Minh which are guarded by soldiers. Outside, the heat is awful and when you enter you get cooled off by the arctic temperatures necessary to conserve the corpse. It's a pretty quick visit and all very solemn. They scolded us for almost everything, to keep your hands clasped behind your back and your arms close to your body, stay in line, and keep your sunglasses on while waiting at the entrance. We had to be almost as still as Ho Chi Minh himself. The exterior is built in marble and resembles a lotus flower. Ho Chi Minh did not want this opulence, he wanted to be cremated and his ashes scattered in the north, center, and south of the country, but his wish was not fulfilled. Of course no camera, just outside and far from the entrance.
The palace is located in the Ba Dinh district near the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. It’s a colonial-style French building erected in 1906 as the residence of the Governor-General of French Indochina. When the French were expelled in 1954, it was supposed to be used by the new president but Ho Chi Minh refused the opulent palace and instead lived in the servants’ quarters, a place which is now known as the Stilt House. It’s currently used for official ceremonies and normal tourists cannot visit.